Fifth graders have recently learned about force and motion as part of their science studies. They have learned about trebuchets, catapults, and balistas.
The students were tasked with researching each of these launching devices and then designing their own. They then build prototypes of their designs using popsicle sticks, straws, rubber bands, hot glue, tape, cardstock, and coffee stirrers.
Some realized their original designs would not give them the momentum needed to effectively launch their items, so these students immediately started adjusting their original design. Ms. Jay commented that watching the students go through the problem solving process of trial and error (some as many as five times) and not giving up was fantastic.